Jesus loved to tell stories to make his point. This one is about a wedding celebration that the guests didn’t want to attend. They refused to come. They were destroyed because of their arrogance. A second group was invited. Most of them made it but not all.
- Why is this important? I am invited to God’s celebration. I get to choose whether to attend or not. I must choose to celebrate the wedding. I must be prepared.
- What is Jesus telling me? Even being invited, doesn’t mean I will get to stay. I must be up to following Jesus. It won’t be easy. It is a challenge. My place at the wedding is ready.
- How should I react? I should humble myself. When invited, I must do my part by choosing to attend and be “properly” prepared to be there and stay there. There is no “automatic” in God’s world. Jesus decides who gets to stay.
Jesus responded by telling still more stories. “God’s kingdom,” he said, “is like a king who threw a wedding banquet for his son. He sent out servants to call in all the invited guests. And they wouldn’t come!
“He sent out another round of servants, instructing them to tell the guests, ‘Look, everything is on the table, the prime rib is ready for carving. Come to the feast!’
“They only shrugged their shoulders and went off, one to weed his garden, another to work in his shop. The rest, with nothing better to do, beat up on the messengers and then killed them. The king was outraged and sent his soldiers to destroy those thugs and level their city.
“Then he told his servants, ‘We have a wedding banquet all prepared but no guests. The ones I invited weren’t up to it. Go out into the busiest intersections in town and invite anyone you find to the banquet.’ The servants went out on the streets and rounded up everyone they laid eyes on, good and bad, regardless. And so the banquet was on—every place filled.
“When the king entered and looked over the scene, he spotted a man who wasn’t properly dressed. He said to him, ‘Friend, how dare you come in here looking like that!’ The man was speechless. Then the king told his servants, ‘Get him out of here—fast. Tie him up and ship him to hell. And make sure he doesn’t get back in.’
“That’s what I mean when I say, ‘Many get invited; only a few make it.’”
Source: Matthew 22:1-14